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Is President Obama's Carter Moment Nearing?
Washington Post ^ | June 3, 2010 | David S, Broder

Posted on 06/03/2010 6:29:25 PM PDT by lbryce

"This is the worst," a Democratic friend exclaimed over the phone on Tuesday, the first day back at work after the Memorial Day weekend. I knew without asking what he meant -- the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that dominated television coverage and was into its second month with no quick solution in sight. * They haven't built a popular new television program around it -- yet. No one has created a new media franchise for himself out of it. There isn't a name for it that has become part of popular culture.

I was thinking back to when another Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, found himself stymied in another seemingly endless ordeal. Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 52 officials and workers hostage for 444 days, while the United States was helpless to free them.

Many of us recall the event by the name that became attached to it: "America Held Hostage." That was the title ABC News slapped on its half-hour news update that aired each night, with Ted Koppel as anchor. The show later became the long-running program "Nightline."

This is when you know you are truly harpooned, when your problem has become someone else's meal ticket.

As sinister as the jet stream of escaping oil and gas looks via the underwater camera in the gulf, Barack Obama has not yet moved into the category of the late-night patsy that Jimmy Carter became. The Iranians were more clever, or diabolical, in exploiting their hostages than the restrained BP executives or their enviro foes are in this situation. ad_icon

Obama keeps popping up in new settings, sounding as if he is in command, and he has refused to be confined to the White House as Carter was by the hostage crisis.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: barackcarter; jimmyobama; slowtorespond
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To: Lakeshark

-It may have happened:
“Daddy, did you plug the hole?”-

Reagan-Carter debate: Amy’s opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7spOEfRN-0


41 posted on 06/03/2010 8:48:12 PM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: lbryce; All

At least Carter had an entertaining brother.
0bama's brothers can't enter the country.

42 posted on 06/03/2010 8:48:48 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: chris_bdba

Could this be....wait for it....

O’bamas ‘Tar baby’?

...sorry, I had to do it....


43 posted on 06/03/2010 8:57:44 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: lbryce

Personally, I think Obama is already worse than Carter.

Carter was a weak leader and made many bad decisions, but he at least tried to lead the country and he did have some small successes - the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, a slight reduction of debt as % of GDP, sending Harold Denton to Three Mile Island. Carter was also a key force behind the deregulation of the airline industry, which led to enormous benefits in the 1980s under President Reagan.

Obama has done none of that. He’s antagonized Israel for no purpose, debt is higher than at anytime in our nation’s history, and he has completely fumbled the BP oil spill. And he’s only halfway through his term. And frankly, I think Obama’s idea of leadership begins and ends with implementing his agenda.


44 posted on 06/03/2010 9:28:20 PM PDT by DemforBush (There's another old saying, Senator: Don't p*** down my back and tell me it's raining.)
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To: lbryce
It's much deeper than that. Right about now, Jimmy Carter is cackling with glee over the fact that, as of now, he is guaranteed to not go down in history as the weakest, worst American president ever.


45 posted on 06/03/2010 9:30:39 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: lbryce
There isn't a name for it that has become part of popular culture.

Doesn't need one. "The BP Oil Spill"--you say it and everyone knows what you're talking about.

46 posted on 06/03/2010 9:30:48 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: lbryce
"They haven't built a popular new television program around it -- yet"

Not true, CNN 10pm-12pm EST.

47 posted on 06/03/2010 9:34:39 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: lbryce
Obama keeps popping up in new settings, sounding as if he is in command . . .

David, the Dean of Washington Journalists, going senile? Obama was singing along with "Hey Jude" last night. Friday morning he is campaigning at a truck dealership, meeting with a soccer team, flying down to the gulf for a few hours to talk to somebody or other about the spill I guess, then flying back to D.C. Last weekend he spent partying in Chicago. One venue was across the street from Farrakhan's operation.

Oh..and his wife...in the morning she kicks off a "Chefs Move to Schools" program. She's flying in top chefs from Chicago to advise on revamping school lunches.

48 posted on 06/03/2010 9:36:05 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: lbryce

I think Jimmy still wins worst, by default, Obama is not even trying to be a president. He’s more like a party animal living in the white house, not a president. At least Jimmy tried (and failed).


49 posted on 06/03/2010 9:40:54 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: Brugmansian

It is good to be the King (and Queen). It’s like the Obama’s won the Price is Right and now get to party at the White House for 4 years. Sure hope we all live thru this.


50 posted on 06/03/2010 9:43:55 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: jpsb
That is putting it kindly. I have heard Democrats use a not so nice analogy. He is fulfilling some ugly stereotypes with his lavish lifestyle I have not heard mentioned in decades.
51 posted on 06/03/2010 9:47:39 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Brugmansian

I wonder what Colleen Powell thinks now? Buyers remorse I hope.


52 posted on 06/03/2010 10:00:33 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: lbryce
Barack Obama has not yet moved into the category of the late-night patsy that Jimmy Carter became...on the other hand Carter was never stupid enough to grandstand in front the nation insisting he was certainly in charge of all that was going on and would take care of everything for the country when in fact there's virtually nothing he can do about the situation - he'll hit that category soon....
53 posted on 06/03/2010 10:00:41 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: lbryce

He is talking about a tipping point. He is not there yet because of his skin tone and because most Americans are idiot sheep who watch TV and are brainwashed by TV including Fox/Saudia.

Most Americans will glady trade liberty and freedom for cable/sat TV and ball games.


54 posted on 06/03/2010 10:02:36 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Rome2000

Those backpackers like that are usually......not what you said. I knew a backpacker type like that and they are the last people you would expect to be......


55 posted on 06/03/2010 10:04:56 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: jpsb

Wrong. He is a Saudi agent causing great damage.


56 posted on 06/03/2010 10:06:10 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Frantzie
Would not surprise me in the least. One thing I find ironic is Obama's dislike and blatant dissing of the British is coming home to bite him, curtsy of British Petroleum. I'll bet BP ruining his presidency is driving him insane.
57 posted on 06/03/2010 10:13:18 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: Publius

Hehehe...Rush Limbaugh calls it “The Bay of Rigs”...:)


58 posted on 06/03/2010 10:27:13 PM PDT by rlmorel (We arYoue traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: jpsb

I hope BP destroys his presidency before he destroys America.


59 posted on 06/03/2010 10:32:59 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: jpsb

The only British thing/person he didn’t have a problem with was Paul McCartney! He sat there and preened and smirked at McCartney’s stinky comments about Pres. Bush! He sang and laughed and carried on because Paul McCartney was fawning all over him (and Michelle!), he didn’t ever, ever make as big a fuss over any other First Lady (or President, Dem. or Repub.) before!


60 posted on 06/03/2010 10:50:35 PM PDT by dsutah
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